Answered By: Aine Meehan
Last Updated: Mon,Sep,2018     Views: 142

Unless you know the exact title of a publication the author wrote it is better to search by author. Sometimes it is difficult to know what initials the author has used for their name. You can narrow your search later. 

  • Enter the last name followed by a space , the first initial of the first name and an asterisk. 
For example:  Lucy f*
  • If the name is unique enough, you just have to put in the surname. 
  • make sure you change the dropdown list from topic to author. Click search.


On the results list you will notice that there seems to be two authors with similar names. 

There is a  Lucy, Frances E , and a  Lucy, F. E who's articles are to do with invasive aquatic species in Ireland. There is a Lucy, F who's article is to do with muscle pain.

You will have to remove the incorrect authors. The easiest way to do this is to limit by research area. You could limit by country either and pick Ireland.

Another way to limit is to pick and article you know Frances has written, open it in Web of Science and then click on her hyperlinked name. which is written like Lucy, F (Lucy, Frances) (45 results on 08/04/16 this way)Using the research area way below makes sure you are not missing any of her articles. (it can be a bit hit or miss either way)

There are ways that researchers identify themselves such as a Researcher ID or an ORCHID ID , but some authors have been published before these came into place.

To do this just click the research areas you do not want. Click More options/values under the research areas heading to the left of the screen and then tick the areas you don't want (for example  Psychiatry  and  Neurology) and click exclude.(43 results this way- we have excluded too much)

Once the results are limited to the author you want, click citation report in the upper right corner. 

The citation report displays graphs for the number of articles published by the author by year, and the number of citations in each year.  You can exclude any articles not written by the author below the graphs. and the h-index will recalculate. We had to remove articles by a LUCY, FA

The ? beside the h-index brings you to a page that explains how the h-index is calculated. 

More info on the h-index and how to calculated it in Google Scholar

Comments (1)

  1. Please let us know if there are any errors in this guide or if it can be improved in any way. Thank you, Library Staff
    by Aine Meehan on Wed,May,2016.